Dear Jim, All my life I had an interest in cars and trucks, and learned what I could from my dad when he fixed my car. Your second-language list was so helpful to me – I knew about half of them. Then, I moved on to the article about Creamsicle, which is described as having a “hammered stance.” Now, I don’t claim to be an expert here, but wouldn’t this beautiful truck be “slammed” according to your definitions? If I’m wrong, delete my email. If I’m right, I’ll be looking to see this correction in the next issue. Love your magazine, have a ’40 Chevy truck for our next project.

Ann Caliguire
Scandia, MN

Hello Ann, Thanks for taking the time to drop us a line. I’m glad you found that list of help, but as is the case in any collection of slang, terms and usage are heavily influenced by geographical location. As one moves from area to area a term such as “slammed,” which in this case is slang for heavily lowered, could, and often is, supplanted by a term such as “hammered.” Slang terms will inevitably be sort of confusing, which is one reason we receive the occasional email requesting we lighten up on slang usage. That said, paying attention to how and where a slang term is used often gives a good clue as to its reference or meaning. In the meantime I’ll try to lighten up on the slang a bit. RIZ

Riz, Got an idea for you and the staff at CT. I’m looking at my latest magazine, and wondering how you guys come up with articles, and more specifically “tech” articles. So here’s my pitch...

Could you guys do something along the lines of going through each generation of each manufacture? I understand this could be absolutely open ended. But, here’s where I’m coming from. I have built several Chevys (’67-72), dabbled in the ’55-57 Fords, but now I have a ’71 Dodge D100 and a ’62 Chevy C10. I know very little about Dodges, and learning very quickly the ’62 Chev is a stepchild as far as aftermarket parts are concerned. Possibly some info such as a breakdown of where the major “generational changes” are for each manufacture, or what the standard and optional engine/trans combos were for the respective years. For example, ’60-62 Chev had the torsion bar front suspension, but a later model crossmember will bolt in. Even some info on more rare models would be cool. I’ve seen a ’56 Mercury pickup. I was told these were sold in Canada. In any event, this old dog likes to learn new things and I have recently wandered into a couple areas most people seem to avoid – hence my curiosity. Thanks for the efforts you and the crew put into each mag.

Via email

Hi Chad, Thanks for the suggestion. Believe it or not, it’s an idea that has crossed my mind more than once, and in all honesty, the reason I haven’t actually gotten rolling on a story along those lines is both the time factor involved in research and just how in depth to go. Now that you’ve brought the idea to my attention I may well begin researching and putting together an outline for just such a story sometime in the future. Thanks for the push, maybe now I’ll stop just thinking about it and get my butt in gear and get started. RIZ